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LAFF Preview – ‘A Band Called Death’ (Doc On The First Black Punk Band)

LAFF Preview - 'A Band Called Death' (Doc On The First Black Punk Band)

I thought we’d written about this doc before, but a search of the site revealed nothing, so here ya go…

Set to make its world premiere at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival (which begins in 2 days) is a feature documentary titled A Band Called Death, which will screen in competition.

Directed by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino, the film’s synopsis reads:

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.

Of course, the film features David Hackney, Bobby Hackney, Sr., Dannis Hackney.

Jasmin and Nijla are both covering the festival for S&A, so we should have much to read once the festival begins on the 14th, ending on the 24th.

Watch the trailer for A Band Called Death below:

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